Workday EMEA president: people-centricity promotes product & platform


Newly appointed in the role, Workday president for EMEA region Angelique de Vries has said that – with almost three decades of experience working in the enterprise software industry – she views people-centricity as key to innovation and development in the modern tech arena.

Perhaps even before product, platform and tools, de Vries appears to champion the wellbeing and state of mind within divisions, departments, team and in individuals as the defining factor that will ultimately determine success.

Workday, we many will know, is a provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. The company’s applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the globe.

Critical success factors

“Having worked in the enterprise software industry for more than 27 years, I have been lucky to see many examples of the transformative power of technology,” said Angelique de Vries, president of EMEA, Workday. “I’ve long admired Workday’s vision for the cloud and its understanding of how it can help businesses adapt at a time of great change, when people-centricity and efficiency savings are critical for success.”

Further stating that when combined with Workday’s employee-focused and customer- focused culture, she sees huge opportunity in EMEA and Iooks forward to working with a strong team to continue building on the firm’s current momentum.

Appointed to the position this month, de Vries will report into Doug Robinson, co-president, Workday, who oversees the company’s global sales efforts.

Standout international growth

In the role, de Vries will lead Workday’s EMEA sales efforts, as the company continues to scale in the EMEA region with more than 2,000 customers headquartered in Europe and what the company’s marketing team want to call ‘standout international growth’ in a number of markets including France, Germany and the UK in Q2 fiscal 2023. 

Workday applications are now used by more than 40% of the FTSE100 and DAX40, and more than 30% of the CAC40.

Most recently, de Vries served as executive vice president and CEO for Salesforce Northern Europe, leading business operations in Benelux and Nordics. She also served as the chief revenue officer for the company’s platform solution group. Prior to Salesforce, she spent 24 years at SAP, including in a role as senior vice president of global presales and customer experience. 

Former president of EMEA, Carolyn Horne, has made the decision to take on a newly created role as a strategic advisor to Workday’s largest customers and prospective customers in the region. 

Shared commitment to BDI

“Angelique’s breadth of experience and customer-centric approach will be critical as we scale our international business and embrace the great opportunity in front of us,” said Doug Robinson, co-president, Workday. “A collaborative leader, Angelique’s understanding of the European business landscape and shared commitment to building true belonging, diversity and inclusion (BDI) in the workplace will help to deliver additional value to our employees, customers, and prospects.”

Workday makes much of its cultural values, let’s hope the organization can carry through on its hopes to provide even better working day solutions for daily workers – perhaps the clue is in the name.